Daily Devotional – 10/23/11 “You shouldn’t look like your problem!”

When I woke this morning and realized that I had overslept, I rushed to get dressed without first taking the time to thank God for waking me. I didn’t take the time to thank him for my family rising around me or the food I had in the refrigerator, because I was in a hurry. I didn’t stop to pray for those that woke up this morning with a weary mind or those who had been up all night toiling with the problem of this world because I was rushing. I didn’t stop and ask God to protect us our journey in the rain but he bought us safely anyway. I didn’t stop and ask him to keep my mind but he did anyway. Isn’t it good to know that God doesn’t treat us like we treat him?

But then I got to church and opened my bible to Matthew 11:28 which states “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I realized that no matter what I face if I take it to Jesus, he’ll work it out! See, I realized that no matter what I go through I don’t have to look like my problems. Just because my bills are late, my boo don’t love me anymore, job isn’t treating me right and my head is hurting, it doesn’t have to show on my face. If I don’t wipe the tears from my face then it’ll show that I’ve been crying. If I don’t shake the dust from my clothes then it’ll show that I’ve been dragged through the dirt. If I don’t change my shirt with the holes in the back then you’d know that I’ve had folks turn on me. If all I show is the problems that I have how will you ever see my deliverance? If I never show you the love that God has given me how can I bring you, who are in the world, to God?

If I never get up out the hole that has been dug for me how can I move on? If I keep waiting for somebody to walk by and pull me out, they may never come and then this hole becomes my grave. If I have to wait for folk to pray for me then God might not ever know my situation and if he doesn’t know how can he come see about me? Matthew 11:29 says “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

So many times you run to friends for help and they need more help than you do. We are so busy waiting for folks to pray for us that we don’t realize their prayers may not be getting through. Why do we have to wait for things to happen to us before we reach out to God? Doesn’t he deserve your praise when things are good? You were shouting the loudest when your light bill was due but was quieter than a church mouse when the income tax check came. You had your own amen corner when your car was broke down but then won’t even come in the rain when God blesses you with a new one. You were crying uncontrollably when husband/wife left but then stand there yawning when they come sliding back. But Psalm 100:4 states “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” This doesn’t say just when it’s convenient for you or when you feel like it.

Your problems shouldn’t dictate your life. Your problems shouldn’t determine the way you praise. If you don’t comb your hair, it’ll show by your tangled ad nappy hair. If you don’t bathe, it’ll show by the smell of your body. If you don’t change your clothes, it’ll show by the stains they have. If you don’t pray, it’ll show in your relationship with God. If you don’t study his word, it’ll show by your walk with God. If you don’t praise him, it’ll show by your testimony.

Just because you’re broke doesn’t mean the world has to know it. Get up and comb your own hair, polish your own nails, wash your own car and fix your own food. Just because you’re without a car, doesn’t mean the world owes you. Get up, get a bus map and a few dollars and keep it pushing. The world won’t stop because you’re suffering. Let go of that attitude that you have because baby you’re responsible for you. Don’t think because you have your problems on your shoulders you’ll get help to carry them. Folk got problems of their own without reaching for yours. Take those same problems, write them down, find a scripture in the bible and put them there. When you close the bible, turn off the worry because God is taking over. Just because you’re going through doesn’t mean you have to look like it! You shouldn’t look like the problem that you have. Let go and get God. Let go and let God.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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